Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Adrianne Carr writes from US
Cora, I was recently introduced to Mara and I cannot put her down. I absorb your stories like a sponge. Years ago we were in the Burrens on our way to visit relatives in Donegal. I remember the wild beauty and mystery of the place. It is wonderful to be able to picture what I have seen as I read.

My great love in the 3rd grade was Bernie O'Brien.
I hadn't thought of him in years until I began reading your books.

Thank you for your glorious imagination and marvelous way with words.

Sat Jan 28 14:32:49 2012

 
Miriam
Well Cora, if you are ever up in Noughaval again feel free to call to the two story house across from the market stone. My mother is a big fan and would love to meet you. Also if you want any more local histroy - you would be in the right house if both Dad and Mam are there!

Thu Jan 26 13:22:21 2012

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
And thank you, Evelyn, for going to the trouble of contacting me. It is much appreciated, I can assure you.

Misty morning here today and I am just settling down to work on the first draft of my eighth book - it's called 'Laws in Conflict' and in it Mara visits the city of Galway where English laws prevailed.

Wed Jan 25 08:52:39 2012

 
Evelyn Kennedy writes from United States of America
I am almost finished with "Eye of the Law". I am enjoying it very much. I love historical novels. Just picked this from the new book rack at the library and have really enjoyed it. Somewhere in my family history on my mother's side, Stephens, is some Irish background.
Thank you Cora for hours of enjoyment of reading.

Wed Jan 25 04:46:48 2012

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Scales is a name I know well. The bus company that takes the children around here to school is run by the Scales family and I do remember, quite some time ago, giving a prize to someone of that name for a book review.
I'm delighted that y
ou like my books and that it reminds you of a very beautiful area.

Sun Jan 22 17:48:01 2012

 
Alice Donahoe writes from New Jersey, USA
My mother, Mary Scales was born in Carnane, Doolin and we have made a few visits to that area so I love the books and will introduce them to my grandchildren who have also visited the burren area.
I love the books and reading about the old Brehon laws which were so much more human than what we do today.


Sun Jan 22 02:30:21 2012

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
No, I didn't, Miriam.
I wonder where the word 'Bandel' came from.
I had read something about a measuring line on it, but couldn't find it when I went to look. On my website is a picture of my grandson, as he was then, on the day that I visited it - he's now almost nine years old, so it must have been quite a few years ago. I wish that you had been around to give me all the info.

Wed Jan 18 10:05:10 2012

 
Miriam
Yea Cora that market stone is well known to me. Did you know is also known as the Bandel stone. The Bandel was a well known unit of measuring up to the early 1900ís. The bandel stone measures 72 inches (or 2 yards) in circumference. Each of the eight units is exactly 9 inches. The bandel stone was also used as a hitching post for the horses during mass. (just a little potted history taken from my father)
Looking forward to the next book

Wed Jan 18 09:59:26 2012

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Lesley: Your message seems to have slid on without me being aware of it - have only just picked it up.
Many thanks for your praise - I do enjoy writing about Mara and speculating on what the lifestyle must have been in Gaelic Ireland at the time. I think it helps that there is so little known as then I can use my imagination and common sense.

Kevin: I hate to have to say it but the paperback editions of 'Writ in Stone' book 4 & of 'Eye of the Law' book 5 have been and gone and 'Scales of Retribution' book 6 is teetering on the brink of going out-of-print. I have argued with my publisher about this, but it doesn't do any good. The only advice I can give is to buy as soon as they become available. Some copies of these books are fetching very large sums on the Internet.

Tue Jan 10 15:13:12 2012

 
Kevin Walford writes from England
Please can you tell me when the paperback of "Writ in Stone" will be available ? I have really enjoyed the first three Burren mysteries, but there seems to be a delay with the fourth.
I realise I could buy it from America, but I stubbornly refuse to do so. The kindle editions for books 4, 5 and 6 have been released !
Surely there is a danger of losing some loyal, "traditional" readers ?
Many thanks for the wonderful stories so far.

Tue Jan 10 10:07:18 2012

 
Lesley Cookman writes from England
I have just finished Scales of Retribution, and look forward to being able to read Deed of Murder when it is released for Kindle. I love Mara, her scholars, her friends and servants, and I've learnt so much about the history of the west of Ireland - as everyone who reads the books must!

I admire you for writing so many series, I've only managed one so far. Thank you for all the enjoyment.

Wed Jan 4 08:09:30 2012

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Miriam,

Have you read Michaelmas Tribute? That is very centered on Noughaval - in fact if you look at the photographs of the Burren (on this website) you will see one of my grandson just by Noughaval cross - taken when I was reaearching that book. It's a beautiful place and I love the road that stretches across towards Kilnaboy from there.

Yes, I have just completed the eight Mara book - called 'Laws in Conflict' - expect it some time in the summer. As others have found these books seem to go out of print very quickly, but the publisher, Severn House, doesn't feel that there is sufficient demand for a second edition!

I'm so pleased that you like the books and am glad that they remind you of your childhood home.

Tue Jan 3 15:38:33 2012

 
Miriam (nee O'Halloran) writes from Ireland
Hi Cora,
I have been meaning to write to you for a long time. I am currently reading Deed of Murder hence my determination to finally put fingers to keyboard. My maiden name is one clue and when I tell you my childhood bedroom window looks out on the entrance to Noughaval graveyard you will understand my interest in the Burren Mysteries! The places and names are all so familiar to me it is weird!!

It was reading your other messages that I realise I am not the only one with problem getting your books. I have introduced a friend of mine to Mara and between us we keeping up to date with the publications. Deed of Murder is actually hers.
Thank you for bringing my home place so much to life - even if it is based in the 16th century
Have you more mysteries for Mara in the near future?

Fri Dec 30 19:57:09 2011

 
Bridget
Yes, I was homeschooled when I was writing here! I ended up going to a public high school in my town, and now I'm in college in Oklahoma.
I do love Mara, and I can't wait to find out who the murderer is!

Sat Dec 10 18:52:24 2011

 
Cora Harrison
Bridget! I think I remember you - were you home-schooled? Or am I wrong? I get so many hundreds, even thousands of kids writing but I do think that I remember you.

I do so hope you like my Mara.

Sat Dec 10 17:58:36 2011

 
Bridget writes from United States
Dear Cora,

I don't know if you remember me, but I used to post on this site quite a bit when I was about twelve years old. I think I wrote a story called "The Marauders" or something.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I still enjoy reading your books. I started out witht the Drumshee series when I was younger and I am currently reading My Lady Judge.
Thank you for all your hard work!

Sat Dec 10 17:23:48 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Not for a while, Lily. At the moment I am busy with a series set after the First World War - a bit 'Downton Abbey'...

Hope you enjoyed the first two Jane Austen books.

Tue Dec 6 17:22:18 2011

 
Lily
Are there going to be any more Jane Austen books? I have read the first two books.

Tue Dec 6 16:38:00 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
How nice to be remembered fpr these Drumshee books. I must say that I have a soft spot for them myself.

I think that the best source for them would be Tara Book Company sales@tarabookco.ie

Another source is Amazon UK - there seem to be quite a few there.

The one that's difficult to get hold of is the first -Nuala & Her Secret Wolf.

Good luck with your search!

Tue Nov 29 08:56:24 2011

 
Gemma writes from Ireland
Dear Cora,

I was a huge fan of the Drumshee Series as a child and I've recently been trying to get a hold of the books, but am fnding it very difficult! There doesn't seem to be anywhere to buy the whole collection. i was wondering if you had any pointers on where to look as i would love to relive them, and pass them on to my children someday. :)

Thank you,
Gemma

Tue Nov 29 03:53:43 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Nigel,

There are such problems these days in publishing books!

Basically the big publishers want to get someone who will sell millions and that is their quest.
Macmillan, who published my first three books, appeared to be happy with the response, but the Sales Department thought that the results, though OK, were not outstanding enough and so they wanted to wait for a while before making any decisions on going ahead.

Rightly or wrongly, I opted to go ahead with my present publishers who reckon on publishing enough hardbacks for libraries etc who will put in prior orders; and enough trade paperbacks (a couple of thousand) to satisfy the fans.

Then they stop - and that is the problem.

Both my agent and myself are trying to get them to commit to a second run, but they are cautious in view of the very poor market for books at this time.

I am really in their hands and can make no more useful suggestion than advising people who like the series to go ahead and buy up 'Scales of Retribution' and 'Deed of Murder' while they are still available.

The books are 'standalone' and do not need to be read in order.

Thanks for your interest,
Cora.

Wed Nov 9 18:07:38 2011

 
Nigel Callaghan writes from Cymru
Hi Cora,

I really enjoy the Mara series, but, like many others have noted on the guestbook, I'm stuck. I've read Sting of Justice but can't go on as Writ in Stone is out of print and seems destined to stay that way, (judging by your earlier comments), and I gather No.5 has the same problem. Is it perhaps time to find a new publisher? One who is perhaps able to either better estimate likely sales of a first printing, or who is willing to reprint a popular book that sells out so fast. The odd thing is that amazon don't even have any used copies. How big was the paperback print run? 100 copies? And no, Kindle is not an answer, neither is an expensive large print edition.

Please find a way of making your excellent books available to your readers. It's such a shame for you to lose readers (and sales) because of an incompetent publlsher

Tue Nov 8 21:49:31 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Niamh,
I shall try to find out from my publishers (sales@severnhouse.com) tomorrow what the problem is. It's so annoying, but authors have little say in these matters!

Sun Oct 23 20:37:18 2011

 
Niamh
Dear Cora Harrison,

I have tried to purchase Eye of the Law and Writ in Stone but I am unable to do so. I have tried in many bookshops and also on amazon and many other websites. The books are out of print and I was wondering if they will be reprinted any time soon. I would love to read the books.

Thank You,
Niamh

Sat Oct 22 20:28:16 2011

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Gwen: Honora is an interesting name - while researching the history of the O'Brien family (descendents of King Turlough Donn O'Brien) I came across it often.

Nikki: Like you, I would love to know more about Jane (Jenny Cooper). Very little is known. If you read the second book in the series 'Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend' you will find a bit more, but I don't want to write it here in case it spoils the book for you or someone else who hasn't read it.

Sat Oct 15 10:15:26 2011

 
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